nickd717 (4123) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 3, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by alfrantzell on BA - thanks, Arne! Dark reddish brown pour with no head, just a ring, and not much lacing to speak of. Aroma is very nice with brown sugar, coffee, dark fruits, and alcohol. Flavor is sweet and fairly complex, with lots of brown sugar, caramel, and toffee, prune, raisin, oak, vanilla, and mild roast. This is a very sweet beer, but I like ’em that way sometimes. Palate is smooth with medium body and minimal carbonation. Did Lost Abbey have a hand in this? Long finish though with some alcoholic warmth. Good stuff.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - OCT 2, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle #2234/4777. Very unique aroma. Smells almost oxidized which is surprising given how young this beer is. Dark, rum soaked fruits and alcohol initially hit the nose. Wet cardboard, vanilla extract, cheap sherry, toffee and caramel as well. Open for almost an hour and I’m still not getting a whole lot of aromatic complexity. An aggressive pour yields a nearly still beer with a watery khaki head that quickly goes away. Rusty dark brown and nearly still in the glass. Flavor pretty much matches the aroma. Grain alcohol soaked fruits, plenty of cardboard and nutty sherry. Almost like sipping on vanilla extract infused with hazelnuts. Sure, there are some toasted nut and creme brulee flavors, but the 14.5% really overpowers everything. For a beer this size, the palate is leaning toward the thin side. I expected something with a lot more of a lush and textured body. As it stands not, the initial mouth feel is quite average with a slightly syrupy feel toward the back of the tongue. Alcohol is present throughout but asserts itself on the finish.
I really wanted to like this beer, but the almost grain alcohol like qualities on the nose on the finish really take away from what I think could be a fantastic beer. Oh well... I have a couple of bottles that I’ll lay down for a few years. Thanks Craig!
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2009
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Darker brown color with a light head. Aroma is filled with roasty, burnt caramel, dark fruits, brown sugar, creme brulee, and vanilla. Flavor is a great mix of vanilla, light oak/bourbon, warm caramel, vinous fruit, and raw sugar. Nice mouthfeel that gets better as it warms. Truly a beer that is great at cellar temps and will hopefully be a recurring brew. Cheers to the Bruery for crafting a fine brew worthy of praise and redefining what such a style can be!
angrypirate06 (1388) - Texas, USA - SEP 27, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Bruery. Dark brown pour with a long lasting head. Funky aroma. Flavor is tart, with some bleu cheese, and nice funkiness.
darkguardian (730) - Florida, USA - SEP 24, 2009
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
750ml bottle. Pours a dark brown. Still with zero head. Very low almost non existant carbonation. Fine for the style. Nose is crazy wood and bourbon with some cherry pit, hazelnut and smoke. The nose is amazing the flavor is a mess though. Super super boozy and ridiculously sweet up front. Its good but almost impossible to drink. I could barely drink a quarter of a glass. Thank god I was sharing this bottle. This one needs a good couple of years to settle down. Its way to young and boozy right now. This could be great in a few years. Right now its got a ways to go.
mar (5240) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 22, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle thanks to bman1113vr. chocolate brown with no head. nose is heavy bourbon, vanilla and leather. nice on the palate with a smooth flavor of bourbon and vanilla, finishing with ash and leather.
bconley (352) - Fern Park, Florida, USA - SEP 22, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at bourbon barrel aged Big Sound release. This brewery makes thick syrupy beers. This is liquid toffee that is very very strong. This is just butterscotch.
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - SEP 20, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
What a great beer! I get a lot of raisin or other dried dark fruit flavor. A pleasant level of oxidation. Substantial body. I love this beer!
robinvboyer (4116) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 20, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is one HUGE beer. This is extreme beer!
Pours opaque brown, with little to no head...........oh but wait..........the head forms after i’me done pouring, almost like a nitro beer. The nose is very complex. Loads of dark fruit, (apples, figs, plums, cherries, raisins, berries) some burnt malt, and sugar, and lots of oak, with touches of oaky vanilla.
Flavor is sweet, as soon as it hits your palate, you get the sweetness, but then it tails off to a strong bitterness enrobbed with dark fruits, oak, and a semi bitter finish, with more of the oak vanilla, and alcohol. Wow, this is very robust beer, the mouthfeel is thick and viscous. This would easily last 15 years if kept properly, and it would easily benefit from some age.
thirdeye11 (6044) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 19, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2010 (750ml bottle marked as the name Papier thanks to jkwalking’s money, #2836/4777) Pours opaque brown with oily bubbles. Very complex nose of dark fruit, molasses, gingerbread and alcohol. Taste is fruity, alcohol, raisins, and light bitter hops. Very low carbonation, and a fruity linger is present. This was highly drinkable despite being almost 15%!